Dec 18, 2013
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From a press release
issued by DDR Kawasaki:
Danielle Diaz in action. Photo by CaliPhotography.com, courtesy of DDR Kawasaki:
Danielle Diaz Racing Teams Up With Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. R+D Test Rider Derek Keyes
DDR is pleased to announce a partnership with Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. R+D test rider Derek Keyes that will see Danielle Diaz competing on the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX-6R™.
The plan has been in the works for a few months now and began when Derek Keyes proposed an offer of supplying a bike, mechanical expertise and crew chief knowledge to help Danielle succeed in the 2014 racing season. Sponsors are being finalized at this time and the plan is for Danielle to compete in selected rounds of the 2014 AMA Supersport series as well as the WERA West championship.
Danielle Diaz: “After our first official test on the ZX-6R™ I can honestly say that I am blown away by the 636.I am excited and grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given and I believe it is going to be a good year for this team. I’m really looking forward to the 2014 season; with Derek Keyes on board I am confident that I will have a great, reliable bike to race on and that we as a team will continue to improve every single weekend.”
Derek Keyes: “I’m excited for 2014! I’ve accumulated a lot of experience and knowledge over the years working for Kawasaki and this is a great opportunity to share some of that with a young rider who is eager to see how far she can go in racing. We just finished up our first test on the 636 and I am truly impressed with Dani’s work ethic and passion. She turned 112 laps over the weekend and we made a lot of progress in getting the bike dialed for her. I think she’s going to do well next year and I really look forward to working with her.”
DDR Kawasaki is happy to have support from all of the current sponsors on board for the 2014 season: Kawasaki Genuine Accessories, Top 1 Oil, La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, Two Brothers Racing, Artago USA, Motoric-Art, Lightech, Shoei Helmets, GPR Stabilizers, K&N Filters, Bazzaz, Galfer, Driven, Zero Gravity, Moto-D, VnM Sportgear, Motion Pro, Clawson Motorsports, Hotbodies Racing, Saddlemen, Rich Oliver’s Mystery School, Mike Canfield, CT Racing, Impact Safe-T Armor, Castech and Ballistik Leathers.
Keep up with Danielle and the DDR Kawasaki team over the winter and into the racing season at